All set for a new chapter, the kind that invite you to sit in front of the ESPN screen and not move until there is a champion. Novak Djokovic (1st) and Rafael Nadal (3rd) will define the title of the Masters 1000 in Rome at the Foro Italico, a match that reignites this historic rivalry that had its last duel in 2020 at the Roland Garros final. Everything you need to know before the decisive match.
Both tennis players they faced each other 56 times, of which 29 were in the hands of the Serbian and 27 in favor of the Spanish. What is curious? In the Open Era, it is the rivalry that has the most matches. Of the last 14 disputed, Djokovic won 10.
The first duel dates back to 2006, with a victory for Nadal after a 6-4, 6-4 and Nole’s retirement, and the last one was also played in Paris, last year, with a victory for Rafa in three sets 6-0 , 6-2 and 7-5. Namely, the Grand Slam on clay, the next big event this season, is one of the great protagonists of this rivalry.
On the other hand, on clay the difference is notorious: the manacorí leads 18-7, who in turn stayed with the last four meetings on this surface: Madrid 2017, Rome 2018 and 2019, and Roland Garros 2020. In this way, It’s been four years since Djokovic has beaten Nadal on clay.
Regarding their matches in Masters 1000, this will be the 29th duel in this category. Until now, Serbian dominates H2H 16-12 and will seek to continue expanding the difference. In Rome they met five times, with three wins for Rafa and two for Nole. In addition, since 2005 one of the two always participated in each of the finals of this Masters 1000. Incredible.
As a special seasoning, Nadal will be looking to reach the 36 Masters 1000 titles that Djokovic has already won. Both left Roger Federer (28) behind. At the same time, the 3rd of the circuit will contest his 12th final in Rome and will also go in search of his 10th title in this event. In this season he adds a consecration, in the ATP 500 of Barcelona.
On the other hand, the Serbian, who won the Australian Open in 2021, his only cup so far this year, in Rome will play his 11th final and will try to defend the title he won last year.